We are Recruiting – Operations Manager

LeftCoast is six years into an ACE-funded Creative People and Places Programme and we are about to roll out year one of our Big Lottery Funded Reaching Communities Programme. With

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LeftCoast is six years into an ACE-funded Creative People and Places Programme and we are about to roll out year one of our Big Lottery Funded Reaching Communities Programme. With a budget of just over £1m for the next four years, we are looking for a smart and experienced Operations Manager to ensure our day to day business responsibilities (and grant funding conditions) are executed effectively.

LeftCoast is at a genuinely interesting stage of its development as a progressive arts organisation with a growing reputation for its socially-engaged practice. In sector-speak : LeftCoast works with local people to generate high-quality artistic outputs that serve well-being and social impact outcomes. We work with residents across the Fylde Coast alongside experienced artists, producers and partners to create alternative perceptions of Blackpool and Wyre and help to tell the stories of the people that live here.

To get the cut of our jib; our last production, ‘RUSH’, engaged 108 local participants in a contemporary dance piece devised with Southpaw Dance Company. We projected 80ft images onto the former police station building at Bonny Street, Blackpool for an audience of 1600 people

See the film here: https://www.leftcoast.org.uk/showstoppers/rush/                              

You are a highly-organised, strategic thinker who has a fondness for systems and attention to detail. We need your sharp management skills and your facilitative management style.

Alongside the Artistic Director you will:

  • Business Plan for the next 5 -10 years of LeftCoast
  • Manage all things financial, HR and ICT (we are a small team of 4.3 FTE)
  • Ensure the fulfillment of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting requisites for grant funded programmes and be the first point of contact for Funders and Evaluation teams
  • Support fundraising, income generation and business development strategies

This role requires a straight head in an organisation that has a track record of taking risks and doing things somewhat differently. We are a high trust/high challenge team, we care about our work and your fit will be important to us.

If you are interested in applying download the Recruitment Pack and Application Form below.

Then send your application to wendy.lee@leftcoast.org.uk

Closing Date: 12 noon Thursday 28 March

 

 

Opportunity – AB&B Bedroom Artwork Open Call

An opportunity for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre based artists who work across 2D mediums: photography, printmaking, mixed media and painting.with Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B CIC). Art B&B is seeking proposals

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An opportunity for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre based artists who work across 2D mediums: photography, printmaking, mixed media and painting.with Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B CIC). Art B&B is seeking proposals for the presentation of artwork within 2 bedrooms (1 family room and 1 bunk room).

Art B&B is an ambitious re imagining of a disused hotel on Blackpool’s world-famous promenade. The completely refurbished B&B, incorporating as many artist commissions as possible into the
fabric and operation of the building, will re-open as a fully functioning hotel on a permanent basis for staying guests and local user groups – like an art centre but in a B&B! The project is being
created by Art B&B CIC and all profits will be re-invested in further art commissioning, a creative training and development programme and community projects.

This opportunity is just for artists living or working in Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde.

Commission Budget: £1000 per bedroom. Inclusive of all fees, materials and installation costs.

For more details and how to apply please download the ABB Open call commissioning brief Feb 19.

Submission deadline 13 Mar 2019, 10am.

Creative Producer Opportunity – Wordpool Family Day Festival

Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services, in partnership with LeftCoast, are seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced Creative Producer to programme, organise and deliver our Wordpool Family Day on

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Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services, in partnership with LeftCoast, are seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced Creative Producer to programme, organise and deliver our Wordpool Family Day on Saturday, 6th July 2019 in Stanley Park.

Wordpool is an established programme of festivals celebrating literature, writers and words in all their many wonderful forms. The Wordpool Family Day is a highly successful annual date in the calendar at the beginning of July where up to 4000 local families enjoy arts activities, performances and storytelling across different locations in Stanley Park.

The Creative Producer will work closely with the Wordpool Steering Group of key stakeholders and committed partners. A reasonable budget for commissioning artists and performers, hiring equipment and marketing is available informed by 12 years of delivering this one-day event.

More information about Wordpool and the Family Day can be found on our dedicated website at wordpoolfestival.co.uk – in particular please see the video section.

Please see the attached brief for more information – Wordpool Creative Producer Brief

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role please submit a letter of application no longer than 2 sides of A4 detailing your relevant experience linked to the key skills and experience we have set out in the brief. We also require you to submit an up to date curriculum vitae and two referees.

Please send this information by no later than Thursday, 7th Feb 2019 by 12 noon to wendy.lee@leftcoast.org.uk

Candidates will be notified before 5pm on Friday 8th February.

We will interview interested applicants on Monday, 11th February at FYC Creatives, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS.

ARTIST CALL OUT: SPAREPARTS FESTIVAL

Come and ‘take flight’ next year at SpareParts Festival, four arts festivals dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion. The Festival is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances

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Come and ‘take flight’ next year at SpareParts Festival, four arts festivals dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion. The Festival is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their four 2019 festivals.

A firm favourite on the festival circuit, this year’s locations and dates are as follows:

Sandbach Festival of Transport – Sunday 14th April
Oldham Classic Car Show – Saturday 8th June
trAction Festival Crewe – Saturday 6th July
Fleetwood Festival of Transport – Sunday 21st July

What we are looking for:
1. The SpareParts Parade – Artist designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take part in the great SpareParts Parade (existing or new commissions)
2. SpareParts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the SpareParts ‘Junk Yard’ Village
3. SparePartists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a ‘Taking Flight’, transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
4. SpareParticipation – Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival

If you are interested get a move on and download all the information – SpareParts 2019 call-out & artist brief

The brakes will be applied on the deadline of Monday 17th December 2018 at 5pm

REAL ESTATE: MICRO RESIDENCY BRIEF

We are looking for artists for four micro residencies from Jan 2019 – Jun 2019 The micro-residency opportunities run alongside two, one year long live/work residencies taking place as part

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We are looking for artists for four micro residencies from Jan 2019 – Jun 2019

The micro-residency opportunities run alongside two, one year long live/work residencies taking place as part of our Real Estate programme in Blackpool and Fleetwood. The micro residencies are an experimental place to test and explore ideas that fit into our overall programme approach.

Practice and ideas do not need to work directly with the permanent residency artist but we would like to encourage dialogue and exploration. As the micro residencies are short bursts of activity they can be used as a place to create a range of work from quick tests of ideas to reflective research of a place.

The permanent residency artists are geographically working in isolation and we see the micro residencies as a place to bring together creative ideas and conversations. The micro-residencies will be staying in the third room of the permanent resident artist houses.

A full brief can be found here:

Artist Brief Micro Residency Oct 18

Opportunities with Fleetwood Voices

Four opportunities are available working with Fleetwood Voices – for drama, dance, music and creative writing/poetry practitioners. Fleetwood Voice is a large scale community arts project to explore the heritage

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Four opportunities are available working with Fleetwood Voices – for drama, dance, music and creative writing/poetry practitioners.

Fleetwood Voice is a large scale community arts project to explore the heritage and identity of Fleetwood and it’s people from 1860 to the present day as part of Fleetwood’s 10 Year Vision for ‘Unlocking People and Place’. The heritage of the town including the melody and intonations of the Fleetwood voice will be used as a vehicle for unlocking the identity of the region resulting in a large multimedia composition that will ‘give a voice’ to the people and a wealth of film based community histories that will form a legacy for future generations to explore.  Community and educational workshops will use the arts to stimulate and challenge a wide range of groups including school children, the fishing community and the disaffected communities on Flakefleet and Westview estates to think about the town, it’s heritage, identity and sense of place.

The project is looking for experienced practitioners who have a passion for devising creative and collaborative projects. Practitioners will be based in a Fleetwood school and will work with a range of school children across a range of year groups. As part of the project practitioners will each support the development of two arts ambassadors who will work alongside to achieve the project aims.

Timescale:  1st November 2018 to 14th December 2018

Closing Date: 1 October 2018

Fee: £1,250.00

5 days in total:

4 days delivery

½ day planning and ½ day performance

Please see the briefs below for more information:

Fleetwood Practitioner Poetry

Fleetwood Practitioner music

Fleetwood Practitioner Drama

Fleetwood Practitioner Dance

Artist Brief – The Final Homecoming

Wyre Borough Council are looking for an artist to creatively enhance ‘The Final Homecoming’ a community parade to celebrate the Centenary of the First World War. They are looking for

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Wyre Borough Council are looking for an artist to creatively enhance ‘The Final Homecoming’ a community parade to celebrate the Centenary of the First World War.

They are looking for an artist to imagine how they could artistically enhance a community parade that is:

  • Simple, effective, striking and meaningful
  • Contemporary but respectful, tangible and sensitive to the past
  • Easy and safe to wear, hold or carry  (We are not expecting for you make something for all the parade participants)
  • A smaller or simpler adaption that can be incorporated into a teachers’ making information sheet, so that it can be made independently

Fee: £1000 inclusive of materials and expenses.

Please see the Artists Brief for more information and application procedure.

For more information about the project as a whole please see the Final Homecoming Project Brief.

CLOSING DATE 26TH SEPTEMBER

 

Real Estate – The Third Bedroom micro residency programme

Call for expressions of interest We are looking for artists for a number of micro residencies taking place from Dec 18 – Jun 19 The micro-residency opportunities run alongside our

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Call for expressions of interest

We are looking for artists for a number of micro residencies taking place from Dec 18 – Jun 19

The micro-residency opportunities run alongside our two one year long live/work residencies, as part of our Real Estate programme, in Blackpool and Fleetwood. The micro residencies are an experimental place to test and explore ideas that fit into our overall programme approach. The micro-residencies will be staying in the third room of the permanent resident artist houses.

We would like the micro residency artists to consider the communities that they are resident in. We would like to see expressions of interest from artists who respond to place and people. Depending on where in the year the micro residency falls the permanent resident artists will already be embedded, to differing degrees, within these communities and will be able to talk to the micro residency artists about what they have learnt, observed or been part of so far.

Please download the Call for Expressions of Interest for more information.

Later in the summer we will release a full brief for the micro residences which we will send directly to those who have submitted an expression of interest.

Please email expressions of interest to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk

Join Our Team: Creative Development Manager

LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre. We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join

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LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre.

We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join our team in a unique role as our Creative Development Manager to, primarily, develop, manage and deliver a programme of work in Blackpool and Wyre in which both emerging and established arts practitioners can explore/experiment, develop practice and find new ways to create, support and share great art.

You will lead on the following areas of work:

  • Project management and delivery of the Creative Development Strand within the LeftCoast Programme, including its creative skills development project at Art B&B
  • Procuring, Commissioning and Managing selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and Art B&B
  • Managing a professional practice programme that supports the development of the arts and cultural sector in Blackpool and Wyre

You will need to have an authentic commitment to collaborative working and a passion for socially-engaged artistic practice to deliver in this unique and exciting role.

If you think this is you download the Creative Development Manager job pack and Application Form

More about LeftCoast

‘Creative People and Places’ is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. Funded by Arts Council England, there are 21 independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

We create and co-commission a wide range of arts programmes from large-scale spectacle to smaller, bespoke projects in our neighbourhood communities. We also facilitate the professional development of locally based artists and the wider creative sector.

LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas.

To find out more about LeftCoast visit www.leftcoast.org.uk

More about Art B&B

Additionally, within this role there is the opportunity to procure, commission and manage selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and A B&B, capitalising on the professional development opportunities (artist talks, work shadowing, local making etc.) that this process will create.

A B&B (The Art Bed and Breakfast) is a culture-focussed community business that is reimagining the nature and purpose of B&B’s in Blackpool for the 21st Century. This will be achieved through commissioning artists to design and change the hotel rooms, communal spaces and certain aspects of its operations. All profits from the A B&B offer will be put back into developing creative opportunities, training and facilities for the communities of the Fylde Coast.

Its aim is to attract new visitors through a creative approach and develop a sustainable economy in order to re-invest in our communities’ creative and cultural futures for the long term.

Find out more at www.artbandb.co.uk

Closing Date: – 12 noon, 30 April 2018

Location: Blackpool

Salary: £28-30,000 dependant on experience

 

 

Left Behind: Call for Proposals

Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – ‘Left behind: Can anyone save the towns

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Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – Left behind: Can anyone save the towns the economy forgot?’

LeftCoast are commissioning a series of works across art forms that will be presented as a programme throughout 2018.

We would like to commission work that explores the themes highlighted in this article. Work created can be a challenge, a comment, a provocation or an observation, we are not asking for solutions, but how, as artists, are we uniquely placed to frame a different conversation? We welcome proposals for projects of any art form that adds to this conversation. Proposals should in some way reference the personality of the town.

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in any media, working locally, nationally or internationally, ideas will be assessed on quality, relevance and potential.

Please see the full  Left Behind artists brief which outlines the programme and application process in more detail.

Time frame:

We would like these commissions to be completed between April and Dec 2018.

Budget:

We are looking for proposals from £500 to £5000. We will commission a minimum of 4 ideas, but have the potential to commission more.

Deadline:

5pm – Thursday 19 April

Photography Brief: Before I Die

LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their

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LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.

Before I Die comprises of a ‘wall’ located within the community – the original wall was created on an abandoned house in the artist Candy Chang’s neighbourhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Since then, passionate people have created walls in their own communities and there are now over 2,000 walls in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including China, Argentina, Italy, Iraq, Finland, India, Japan, and South Africa. The wall is a positive civic engagement project to help us restore perspective, understand our neighbours in new and enlightening ways, and improve the well-being of our communities. The project has been featured on NBC, CNN, TED, and Oprah Magazine.

Each Before I Die wall is created and maintained by an individual or group of people who are passionate about creating a space for their community to share more with one another, in this case LeftCoast. We are presenting the wall in two communities, Haweside and Flakefleet.

We would like a photographer to document the wall in each location during its four week exhibition period. The nature of the wall is that it will change from day to day. Some days it may be full, some days someone may have wiped it clean or it might rain and wipe everything off.

We require a photographer to visit each wall at different times of the day and days of the week – a minimum of four visits to each wall – to capture the different ways that it is being used.

The photographs will be the only documentation that the wall was ever installed and as such are an important legacy for taking conversation forward and profiling the work in the future.

For more information download the full brief – Before I Die – Photograhers brief FINAL.

Image Credit: Tony Antler, Newport News, USA

 

SpareParts Festival: Programme manager wanted

Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

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Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

The role requires energy, initiative and strong organisation skills. It is a great opportunity for an individual to network themselves comprehensively into the Outdoor Arts circuit in the UK and build experience.

If you are passionate about helping to transform the cultural landscape in the North of England this could be the job for you.

Find out more here – SpareParts Festival Programme Manager 2018

Deadline – 5pm,  Friday 23 February

 

 

 

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